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Thread #14736   Message #3604088
Posted By: GUEST,henryp
23-Feb-14 - 12:16 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: I'll be true unto my love
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'll be true unto my love
Way Out Yonder by Andy Irvine

They'll never believe it's true / Froggy's Jig
(Andy Irvine, Steve Cooney) (Andy Irvine)

This was meant to be a song called "The Two Sisters" that I found in a Cecil Sharpe collection many years ago. I'd always been a bit irked that some people, who recorded it subsequently, had seemingly not known that the tune - and some of the words - were mine. The bit about "boiled in lead" for instance.

From china2galway

The best of the songs is Irvine's original "They'll Never Believe it's True," a surreal faery-story reminiscent of Christy Moore's "The Reel in the Flickering Light."

The tune Irvine used for the song is one he composed years ago for the ballad "The Two Sisters"; his setting was subsequently recorded by Clannad, and thence became a folk standard.

Many bands today sing this version of the song (which carries the chorus "I'll be true unto my love, if he'll be true to me") without knowing of Irvine's role in bringing it about, which he says has always irked him.